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Superintendent responds to allegations that Normandy School District is failing

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NORMANDY (KMOV.com) -

Some harsh allegations have recently been leveled that some Normandy schools are failing students.

Former President of the Normandy School Board, William Humphrey, isn't surprised to hear of slipping teachers in the district. The Department of Education worked with Normandy to replace 48 percent of the districts instructors last fall.

“The majority of the people in that pool were not accepted by other school districts and many instances new to the teaching profession,” said Humphrey.

Interim School Superintendent Dr. Charles Pearson is working to better serve teachers. In fact he is planning mentoring classes for the teachers next fall.

“When you take someone who is right out of school who has not had that experience who may not have had the exposure to a diverse setting to children from various economic settings particular our kids and generational poverty, that can be tough,” said Dr. Pearson.

Dr. Pearson said recruiting top notch teachers here can be tough. That is why he is working with staff to turn things around.

“Unless you have somebody with this huge sense of personal mission for this particular generation of children, they're gonna go somewhere else. I dont know if I can commit to coming to a place like that,” said Pearson.

The district will not say if staff and teachers will be held accountable for the poor classroom conditions, however more accurate supervision and lesson plan reviews will be required.

If the district does not quickly turn things around, it will be shut down by the state.

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